Nilaga Recipe

Beef nilaga is a beef soup with vegetables.

Beef nilaga is a beef soup with vegetables. Let the soup simmer slowly until the beef becomes super tender. Add the greens in the latter half of the cooking process to make sure they’re still bright and crisp once you serve this beef soup. 

Nilaga Recipe

Roselle Miranda
Beef nilaga is a beef soup with vegetables.
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Resting Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Main Dishes
Cuisine Filipino
Servings 8


Nilaga Ingredients

  • 2 tablespoons Oil
  • 1 medium red onion peeled, quartered
  • 1 kilo Beef (use beef cubes)
  • 4 cups water
  • 2 tablespoons patis plus more to serve
  • 1/2 teaspoon black peppercorns
  • 1/2 kilo Potatoes peeled, cubed
  • 1 small head cabbage
  • 1 bunch green beans
  • calamansi to serve
  • siling labuyo to serve


  • Heat oil in a pressure cooker over medium heat. Add onion, and stir to lightly sauté. Add beef chunks, water, patis, and peppercorns. Increase heat to high, and bring to a boil. Remove any scum that rises to the surface. Cover and lock lid, lowering heatto low. Simmer 45 minutes or until beef is tender.
  • Release pressure before unlocking and removing lid. Add potatoes. Bring back to a simmer, and cook potatoes until tender. Add cabbage and green beans. Cook until just tender. Serve with steamed rice, patis, calamansi, and siling labuyo on the side. Recipe originally published in the April 2017 issue of Good Housekeeping Philippines.
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